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Old_Zircon - 2017-01-02

I just submitted an updated link that's better quality and has the whole thing (the original submission was just the first half).

Old_Zircon - 2017-01-02

Wait shit, that one has GERMAN subtitles. Never mind, I guess half in English is more useful than all of it in German and Spanish for most of us here.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2017-01-02

Oh I didnt even watch this version, I just got one off tpb.

I found this really elucidating, it ties together a lot of threads to explain some big issues.
Also, its not presented as a conventional dialogue or argument, just distinct pieces placed next to each other without any narration. Pretty masterful overall.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2017-01-02

Heres a streaming version of the whole thing with english subs for people who dont want to / couldnt be arsed torrenting or legitimately watching it


The site and player are a bit shit but it works, is decent quality actually.

jfcaron_ca - 2017-01-02

Thanks MPCE. The veoh version is downloadable by youtube-dl, so you can get the whole thing and watch it offline instead of via stream.

cognitivedissonance - 2017-01-02

Actually we'd call it Nixon in China, not Reaganomics. Reaganomics is the irrational belief in the upper class providing jobs and funds for the lower classes, which they simply do not, the coddling of the upper class with tax breaks and relaxation of societal expectations of responsibility, and transfer of faith from a set of transactional Christian morals with eternal damnation waiting those who fail to comply with all pervasive cult of wealth as direct approximation of spiritual health.

Monkey Napoleon - 2017-01-02

Yeah, I was going to say neo-liberal economics of globalism and reaganomics aren't the same.

Though there are some similarities in the ideological justification, the actual policy is much different. Neo-liberal economics still fundamentally blames the poor for their situations, but at least acknowledges the need for some kind of safety net.

Before 2016, I had kinda hoped we'd see a UBI in this country before I died seeing as how it's been desperately overdue for at least a decade. With what's been going on lately, now I'm not so optimistic.

SolRo - 2017-01-02

You can be damn sure nothing Universal will happen in the USA...I'd have said before "without a bloody revolution", but Americans are too god damn gullible and stupid to ever revolt even while being crushed under the boot of unfettered capitalism.

As long as they know at least one person that "worked his way up" most of them will work 100 hour weeks for minimum wage for decades because they think hard work gets rewarded.

But the American economy is now the same as the lottery of professional sports or celebrity....tens of thousands work their fingers to the bones just as hard as Labron or Clooney, but they'll never make it. because it's mostly up to luck and the people you and your family know.

Old_Zircon - 2017-01-03

"Before 2016, I had kinda hoped we'd see a UBI in this country before I died seeing as how it's been desperately overdue for at least a decade. "

More than a decade, it was pretty much accepted as inevitable across party lines until sometime in the mid 70s. Nixon (working with Cheney and Rumsfeld of all people) was on the verge of launching a flawed but promising national basic income program all the way back in 1969, before it failed against opposition from the Democrats.

It wasn't until the Reagan era and then especially under Clinton (remember, it was Clinton who really did the heavy lifting as far as gutting the existing social safety nets) that the national mood changed and we got to the place we are now, where it's pretty much universally accepted in the political world that human worth is directly linked to wage-labor and income level, and that full employment is an inherently positive goal even if it means a large percentage of the population have to spend their lives doing jobs that bring no real benefit to them or society at large, when they aren't outright detrimental (i.e. working at Walmart, which is good for nobody but the Walton family).


15th - 2017-01-03

Soiro, all ya gotta do is invent something. Like the pet rock guy or the hula hoop. Don't tell the person behind Big Mouth Billy Bass the dream is dead.

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